Module manufacturer Trina Solar has broken the world record for P-type monocrystalline silicon PV modules with a figure of 335.2W.
The record, set by one of its Honey modules, was certified by TUV Rheinland beats the previous landmark of 326.3W.
The module was developed at its state Key Lab of PV Science and Technology and was comprised of 60 156mm x 156mm cells.
Speaking to PV Tech at Solar Energy UK in Birmingham, Rishard Rushin, Trina Solar’s UK sales director said:
“There’s a perception within the industry that all modules are created equal, but they aren’t. What we need is a module that is specifically for the northern hemisphere and has the right characteristics.
“In our case, our answer to low light irradiation and getting the right performance is to have first of all a mono cell, but also we texturise that cell,” explained Rushin. “When the light hits it, it absorbs a greater amount of the light.
“If you look at the spectral response, the greatest element of extra yield comes at the end of the day and that’s really what you need, because if you’re looking at either a residential installation or a commercial installation, you need to be looking for a product that is specifically aimed at those particular markets for the northern hemisphere,” added Rushin.
Additional reporting by Mark Osborne